1855 Tasting Notes

While house-puttering this morning, let the cup get cool, and now I’m getting essence of molasses cookie. Tasty!

NofarS

Yay! A Ceylon!

gmathis

We need to form a Ceylon society. Members unite :)

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Ever notice you’re getting fond of a tea precisely at the time the packet is getting distressingly thin and you can’t find it any more?

This is a cheerful, smooth, and bumble-friendly breakfast tea—not heavy work-boots stout; more like a sturdy pair of sneakers to help you stride out the door.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1855 tasting notes

Came home feeling like one raw exposed nerve, so careful, measured, conscious tea-blending wasn’t in the books… not sure what proportions I used, what the actual water temp or steep time was…but the results of an unspecified amount of tulsi combined with one carelessly tossed-in bag of Celestial Seasonings sweet apple chamomile yielded … one cup of liquid Juicy Fruit gum. Not bad for an accident.

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A friend shared; the pound her hubby ordered is not dwindling as fast as she’d like.

I am not a jasmine fan, and have had mixed luck with black/green blends, but this is pretty tasty. Pleasantly reminds me of Tazo’s Joy, which I loved at the outset, but had terrible problems getting it to come out consistently—couldn’t find the right time/temp sweet spot.

(This note might be a moot point at this point, though…I don’t see this blend offered on the Peet’s website currently.)

Avsong

I believe that the tea is only offered in May and November for just a few days and only by the pound.

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This is sweet and clean and tasty—a welcome breath of fresh air after a visit to mom’s care center that is stuffy and not-as-fresh.

Good dragonwell restores my confidence that my tastebuds are not too far gone to appreciate green teas.

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drank Kaporet Kenya by Single Origin Teas
1855 tasting notes

If pressed to make a judgment call, I would have a difficult time choosing a favorite Single Origin Tea: have spent quality time with this Kaporet Kenya, a Vietnam OP, and an excellent decaf Ceylon. This one has the deepest flavor of the three—dark wood with a little fruit. Kept meaning to try it with a little milk, but the cup has always been three-quarters sipped up before I think of it.

Straight-up black morning tea Steepsters, this is a vendor worth checking out.

tea-sipper

Yep, the four Single Origin teas I’ve tried are delicious.

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Toys R Us two Saturdays before Christmas…what were we thinking? Ever notice that there are far fewer dancing, grinning shoppers in the real stores than there are on the commercials?

Between battling crowds and bitter cold, I am glad to be back home in my hobbit hole cuddling this lovely cozy cup after a quick lunch-and-errand run. It’s perfectly sweet coconut-candy-pina-colad-y, sunny and cheerful on a raw, cloudy afternoon. For just a moment, it might make you forget the gloom.

JustJames

i have a few tattoos. you are making me think of the one on the back of my leg that has a spiky ball with a quote that has a personal motto ‘you can’t make me’. lol. nope, you can’t make me go to toy-r-us……

gmathis

It was for a good cause, but mercy! Sensory overload on so many levels!

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drank Notting Hill by American Tea Room
1855 tasting notes

Good morning. I have the gift of a few un-bespoke hours this morning to work on a writing project. Notting Hill, with its leather-bound personality, seemed appropriate for literary pursuits. Lapsang souchong lite, kind of.

NofarS

sounds like a good morning brew, for a great morning activity. Happy writing!

Terri HarpLady

Light smoke for a winters day, sounds like a I winner to me. You getting much snow over there?

gmathis

No, praise the Lord! Just rain so far; have been concerned about 83-year-old Dad trying to walk & drive in “yuck,” which has mercifully avoided us.

Terri HarpLady

We got a dusting last night, & rumor has it there is more headed our way

K S

The snow went north of us this time. It was raining here. Hopefully the roads, parking lots, and sidewalks do not ice over tonight. Terri, hope rumors are wrong or you just keep it all to yourself.

Terri HarpLady

Looks like we got an inch or so…no biggy

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Last cup for now…the last 1/4 teaspoon of leaves go in the Junkyard Tea Jar. I’ll just sing the same song, another verse (to the tune of Jingle Bells):

Tasty tea, try and see
Decaf with some spunk;
Good for evenings, better than
Most cheapie decaf junk!

MissB

Junkyard Tea Jar? I love this idea!

gmathis

Scraps of unflavored black teas—use to make iced tea in the summer or when you don’t care and just need some hot leaf juice. Flavor and composition changes regularly :)

Tiegster

Now that’s a great idea! Gonna steal it if you don’t mind.

gmathis

Wish I could say I thought of it myself—simplyjenw inspired me with her Franken-Breakfast Blend (same idea, but more scientifically and proportionately prepared); and I think I’ve seen notes from other Steepsters who do something similar.

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Word to the wise: there will be times when life is messy and the weather stinks and you are weary…too weary to make educated tea decisions. When those occasions arise, it is prudent to keep good, easy-to-steep bagged tea on hand. No thinkie, just dunkie and go. And if it’s as good and fruit-nutty as this one, you’ll never know you didn’t fuss with loose leaf.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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